It just might happen to you sometime. You’re meeting a friend, perhaps to be driven to a late movie. You get in your friend’s car, and he or she holds up a device with a mouthpiece and says, “Do me a favour, would you? Just blow into this.”
“What?” you ask.
“I just had a drink, and I don’t want any hassle. It’ll be fine.”
It’s crunch time. Your friend has been drinking, and now you’re being asked to be a substitute for the ignition interlock breath test. You could do your friend the favour, and blow into the device, and hope everything is fine.
But you shouldn’t do that. The right answer is, “No thanks, I’d rather not.”
If your friend keeps bugging you, say, “Sorry, it just makes me uncomfortable. Why not just let me drive?” If that’s not possible for some reason, suggest a taxi, calling a friend for a ride, or finding some other alternative.
That will be doing your friend a real favour. There are any number of reasons why you should not give in to your friend:
Your friend is impaired, and might be impaired beyond the ability to drive
Blowing into the device is illegal. If you’re caught, your friend will probably have more time added onto their interlock period. There might also be fines and other punishments, depending on the province.
Helping a person bypass an interlock is an offense that could go on your record as well.
Moreover, because your friend is impaired, your chances of getting spotted and flagged down are greater than normal. Police know what to look for.
Sometimes to be a really good friend, you need to do the thing that seems unfriendly. This is one of those cases. If a friend puts you on the spot like this, don’t blow it.